1. San Antonio Spurs Need to Make Kawhi Leonard Next Max Contract Star Now

    Whether motivated by practical reasons or symbolic ones, the San Antonio Spurs must do everything possible to lock up Kawhi Leonard immediately...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 19,757 reads 81 comments

  2. Phoenix Suns Must Walk Fine Line Between Endless Fun and NBA Mediocrity

    Don't mistake the Phoenix Suns ' emphasis on pace and points for signs that the franchise values entertainment over sustainable success...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 2,746 reads 4 comments

  3. Biggest Individual Winners and Losers of the 2014-15 NBA Preseason

    With the start of the 2014-15 NBA campaign close enough to taste, now seems like a good time to run down the nearly concluded preseason's most and least palatable performances...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 104,150 reads 143 comments

  4. Ranking the NBA's Scariest On-Ball Defenders

    It's hard to strike fear into the heart of an NBA player, but there are a handful of terrifying defenders who manage to do it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 38,452 reads 204 comments

  5. LeBron James' Leadership Is the Final Step in His Superstar Evolution

    LeBron James ' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers was about unfinished business—both in terms of championship pursuits and personal growth. The first bit of business will take time to tackle, but the second may already be complete...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 8,745 reads 34 comments

  6. Julius Randle's Development Should Be Priority No. 1 for Los Angeles Lakers

    Julius Randle is the only thing standing between the Los Angeles Lakers and a lost season. The Lakers are going to make noise this year, but that'll mainly be because they're surrounded by more microphones than most NBA teams...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 10,979 reads 39 comments

  7. Golden State Warriors Ready to Tear Through Powerful Western Conference

    Thanks to equal parts smarter play, organic growth and surprising opportunity, the Golden State Warriors are engineering a paradigm shift out West...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 3,004 reads 100 comments

  8. LeBron James Says Chicago Bulls Are Better Than Cleveland Cavs Right Now

    LeBron James ' basketball genius extends beyond his ability to learn new offensive systems overnight or make passes three steps ahead of the defense. He is also, apparently, a master of motivation...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 128,764 reads 263 comments

  9. Can Anybody Shake Up the Western Conference Playoff Race?

    There are some awfully long odds against all eight of last year's Western Conference playoff teams returning to the postseason in 2014-15. Even knowing that, it's ridiculously tough to single out a playoff party crasher...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 10,842 reads 49 comments

  10. Why J.R. Smith Should Be in New York Knicks' 2014-15 Starting Lineup

    To get the most out of the pivotal first season of the Phil Jackson era, the New York Knicks need to figure out how to control and unleash resident gunner J.R. Smith . A humble suggestion: Start him...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 7,773 reads 51 comments

  11. Pros and Cons of NBA Shortening Length of Games

    The NBA would like to find out if less is more, so it's taking the fascinating step of experimenting with a 44-minute game on Oct. 19...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 28,862 reads 96 comments

  12. NBA Preseason 2014-15: Early Surprises and Disappointments

    Long ago, we all agreed the NBA preseason was no place for conclusions. Speculation? Sure. Rampant optimism? OK, fine. But not conclusions. There's too much uncertainty, too many coaches trying to hammer out rotations and implement schemes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 95,735 reads 131 comments

  13. Los Angeles Lakers Can't Afford to Take Old-School Approach

    There's something respectable about the throwback spirit Byron Scott is bringing to the Los Angeles Lakers , but respectable won't win games on its own...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 7,150 reads 29 comments

  14. Kobe Bryant Showing Road Back to Superstardom Will Be an Uphill Climb

    Kobe Bryant is playing NBA basketball, a victory in itself for a man with his injury history and mileage. But what we've seen in the preseason so far indicates he's got a long way to go before he ever plays it as effectively as he once did...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 12,257 reads 11 comments

  15. How Much Longer Is Oklahoma City Thunder's Championship Window Open?

    Kevin Durant 's injury will have a profound effect on the 2014-15 NBA season, but the Oklahoma City Thunder remain a team with ample time to collect a title...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 7,243 reads 30 comments

  16. Unlocking Andrew Bogut Is Key to the Golden State Warriors' Success

    Steve Kerr remains mostly unproven as an NBA head coach, but he gets an early point in his favor for recognizing the best way to unleash the Golden State Warriors ' offensive potential: Get Andrew Bogut the rock...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 6,798 reads 8 comments

  17. How the Milwaukee Bucks Can Become the NBA's Most Intriguing Rebuild

    I'm going to say something, and I need you to know I understand how crazy it sounds: I like the Milwaukee Bucks ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 13,999 reads 30 comments

  18. How Steve Nash Can Help Lakers Make Most of Transitional 2014-15 Season

    The Los Angeles Lakers are about to meet Steve Nash for the first time, and though it's happening a little later than initially hoped, the 40-year-old two-time MVP can still make a lasting impact on the team...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 10,280 reads 16 comments

  19. Chandler Parsons Saga Breathes New Life into Rockets-Mavericks Rivalry

    The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets were natural enemies before Chandler Parsons ' Texas swap this past July, and as the 2014-15 season unfolds, we should expect to see tensions rise even higher...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 6,309 reads 16 comments

  20. Why Cleveland Cavaliers Defense Can Be Better Than You Think

    The Cleveland Cavaliers will be defined by the offense of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, but that doesn't mean we should discount this title contender's potential on the other end...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 14,721 reads 40 comments

  21. Healthy Kobe Bryant Is Exactly What 2014-15 NBA Season Needs

    The NBA needs Kobe Bryant more than ever. With a massive new TV deal, as first reported by Richard Sandomir of The New York Times , and a skyrocketing salary cap encroaching ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 15,339 reads 38 comments

  22. Could LeBron James Ever Surpass Michael Jordan's Cultural Impact?

    LeBron James may one day become the cash-stacking, trend-setting pan-media mogul Michael Jordan is. But if he ever reaches that level, he'll owe a debt to the man who blazed the trail...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 53,007 reads 342 comments

  23. Superstar Milestones in Sight for 2014-15 NBA Season

    Present and past will collide violently in the NBA this year as a handful of aging superstars claw their way toward records that have stood for decades...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 59,065 reads 183 comments

  24. Kobe Bryant Says He Wouldn't Have Wanted Kevin Love on Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is committed to winning like few others, but apparently, he prefers to pursue that commitment the hard way...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 70,548 reads 132 comments

  25. Ranking the Best Backcourts in the NBA Entering 2014-15 Season

    Dion Waiters and Bradley Beal are beefing, y'all! It seems the shooting guards from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards can't see eye to eye on the league's best backcourt...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 133,989 reads 352 comments